Former Rutgers student sentenced to 30 days in webcam spy trial
May 21st, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Former Rutgers student sentenced to 30 days in webcam spy trial

A New Jersey judge on Monday sentenced Dharun Ravi to 30 days in jail for spying on and intimidating his gay Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi, who then killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge in September 2010.

Ravi will be on probation for three years. He must also complete 300 hours of community service and attend alternative lifestyle counseling.

The September 2010 death of Tyler Clementi, and Ravi's trial this year, thrust the issue of cyberbullying and prejudices against homosexuals into the national spotlight.

Ravi's sentencing hearing stretched to more than two hours Monday and was punctuated by emotional victim impact statements offered by Clementi's parents and brother.

"My son Tyler was a kind and gentle soul," Joe Clementi said of his son. "... Nobody other than Tyler understood how vulnerable he was, but the fact is that he was very vulnerable - and he was shaken by the cold, criminal actions of his roommate."

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  1. saywhat

    A tragic affair altogether. If only people ,especially the young start being sensitive about sensitivities of others. This is something we are losing influenced by the current atmosphere of hate & intolerance.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Once again, my friend, word.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 28mAmerican

    How many days will the parents of the dead kid get for killing ravi? 30 days? This is a complete joke deport this pos.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • dolly

      huh! You got tht right!! No justice for the Clementis, is there? Of course Ravi pushed Clementi off that
      bridge, tsh!

      May 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DonnaL

      He didn't kill him....he cuddled him.... Clemente responsible for himself!! Can't anyone see how Ravi is in need of help? Watch how he doesn't hug his family and stays to himself! He will live with this for ever...he needs help to deal with media bias and brutalization....he did NOT cause his suicide...and I will bet he has tried suicide before....which was not allowed in court!

      May 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • DonnaL

      He is NOT responsible for his death...he is not charged with or caused him to kill himself. He was charged in taping!! You people are sick to want him to be used imprison. The case is in court only due to his suicide....the " partner" didn't sue for being in tape"". Because he's alive...even offered to keep Ravi from deportment!! Seems HE knows more than we do!!! As judge andattornies do!

      May 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Elmeaux

    To me, it's more important that he have this situation on his permanent record than it is about the AMOUNT of jail time. From now on, wherever he goes, he has to say he has a criminal record for an act of cruelty (spying, intimidation) to another human being. That's the mark on his forehead, and that's his life sentence.

    May 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • 28mAmerican

      That is bs, in his culture it is accepted and glorified to infringe on gay peoples rights.

      He deserves to pay for the consequences of his actions. A life for a life.

      May 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    30 days and will he get to go to school free also? The parents have a life sentence without their son. 30 days just seems like the justice system slapped the parents in the face.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • anamika

      The only closure to the parents who lost their kid is for colleges to enforce strict rules for such behaviour. Gays, Lesbians have equal rights to soar high and should not be treated differently. They are still someones child and still the result of millions of years of evolution success.

      May 21, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Billy

    30 days? ... waste of everyones time. But you never know? Maybe some jailhouse justice will be better.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dolly

    For someone who could get 10 years, just HOW did the judge come up with 30 days???? What is wrong with the U.S. Courts these days? This judge should not be on the bench! He went on and on before the actual sentencing as if he liked to hear himself talk!! Well, the gay bashers will love this one, sorry to say!! The poor Clementi family, I feel sooo bad for them. No justice at all. Can't something be done about this sentencing? The jury found him guilty on all charges, for goodness sakes!!!! 30 days is nothing. I don't believe in the American justice system anymore. from O.J. on it's been gettin steadily worse and unfair, so unfair!!!

    May 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christian Pezza

    is a life in jail death? i think not. he will be fed, have a job etc. instead he will now have that on his record, preventing him from getting a job, and or going to another school and progressing in life, he will dream about this for the rest of his life, nightmares if i may. what he did was not right, but he did not make society "hate" on gays if anything society should be sentenced to life for making gays feel this way, for making them not accepted. if Ravi did this to a straight person because they are "accepted" in todays society it wouldn't be such a big deal because then the victim could directly be mad at Ravi, but the poor soul of Clementi knew that society would now judge him not just Ravi. to me id say this world is at fault.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |

    Well, for the next 30 days, Mr. Dharun Ravi will discover what its like to be someone else's "girlfriend."

    May 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dolly

      hopefully !!

      May 21, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christian Pezza

    my heart goes out to the victims family, and ill pray for them, but also to Ravi, for his life from now on will forever be tainted.

    May 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      His life SHOULD be tainted, the digital dork!

      May 21, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    As we are talking about this tragedy. There are kids being picked on for many things not just being gay. I thought many times growing up that suicide could be an answer, but it is not. I knew i can count on family to get me through it all. Where was Clementi Family.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ron

    In Session is having a fit, they wanted this guy buried in Prison for pulling a prank!..The Bias of the Media is unbelievable.!, Justice doesn't matter, it's all about promoting a pro gay agenda.

    May 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    None of my comments on this subject has made the cut today. Is it that somebody up there doesn't like me? I know the word-segment rules.
    Hello to my friends, anyway.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jd

    wow, crushing blow to bullying there... 30 days, a mere slap on the wrist, for causing a gay student to commit suicide through his direct actions. what a joke.

    May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ma & pa

    Bullys are inhuman ruiners of anything gentler than themselves. Force should be used to protect, not ridicule, uncertain harmless people until they find their way. Ravis violation of Clementis privicy at that time was more damaging to his being than a beating. aaagghhhh. Unmentored kids running amok.

    May 21, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marge Curtis

    Situation is truly sad; this Ravi has the audacity to come to a fine American university; pull this stunt; kills a lovely young man and his Mother believes he is innocent and deserves sympathy?? This guy could have never done this in his country!! Can you imagine if the shoe were on the other foot?? I want to know where is the ACLU and other organizations to rally around and find more justice for Mr. Clementi? What comes around - goes around!! May our Lord truly bless both families because Ravi will live w/this forever and his life will always be clouded by this event and the outstanding violinist's family will also live with his death; he just couldn't figure out how to live out the incident. So it is our responsibility to teach other young people in our respective famililes and communities to show respect and consideration for others always and do not pass judgement.....less we be judged.

    May 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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